This is contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Mohammed Abbas.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Mohammed Abbas, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
According to the statement, since the first discovery many months ago, technical experts from the ministry have been following up on the development as provided by law.
"The ministry is aware of the excitement in the media about the discovery of Nickel in parts of Kaduna state.
"This is totally understandable considering the partial assay of the mineral assets referenced.
"The ministry is aware of the occurrence of the mineral in the area.
"We appeal to the general public to allow the Ministry to come up with detailed reports on the new find,” it said.